The latest news from Weetwood
Two recent planning approvals at Glasson Basin Marina and Diglis Basin Marina bring Weetwood to four successful marina applications since Autumn 2018. Working with British Waterways Marinas Ltd we prepared Flood Risk Assessments and Drainage Assessments for a variety of developments, including the change of use of existing leisure moorings to residential use, construction of new houseboats and the erection of a new warehouse building.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped Hollingsworth Brothers (UK) Ltd to obtain planning permission for the construction of a new industrial/business unit at a site located off Factory Road, Sandycroft. The site is located within flood Zone C2 and is primarily at risk from tidal breach flooding during extreme events. Our Flood Consequences Assessment was informed by our detailed hydraulic modelling assessment and it demonstrated that the site can be developed safely over its lifetime subject to mitigation measures. In order to obtain planning permission Weetwood took a prominent role in liaising with the Case Officer at Flintshire County Council.
Weetwood has assisted with another successful planning application at the Airbus Facility in Broughton, Flintshire. We produced a Flood Consequences Assessment for the application, based on outputs from a hydraulic modelling study of the River Dee we previously completed as part of a larger scheme at the Airbus site. Weetwood have been involved with developments at the Broughton Airbus facility for almost 20 years and this recent application brings us to five planning approvals at the site since 2017.
We are pleased to have helped secure planning permission for a new housing scheme which aims to help homeless people in Flintshire.
More information on the scheme can be found here:
Garden City Planning Application
We are happy to have assisted WE Black in obtaining full planning permission for 10 residential flats in Leighton Buzzard. Weetwood were involved with the project from the early stages, completing an Initial Appraisal of Flood Risk to advise on the suitability of the development given the Flood Zone 2 and 3 designation of the site. In support of the planning application Weetwood prepared a Sequential and Exception Test report, and Flood Risk and Drainage Assessment. Our work included hydraulic modelling of the adjacent watercourse and a detailed assessment of the impact of the development on the floodplain to ensure no increase in flood risk elsewhere.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure prior approval for a permitted development at Exeter House, Cranleigh, for the change in use from offices to four residential dwellings. The site was shown to be partially located within Flood Zone 3b in the Waverley Borough Council Strategic Flood Risk Assessment and therefore was considered inappropriate for residential development. However, Weetwood prepared a Flood Risk Assessment which found that the site to be located fully within Flood Zone 1, gaining the support of the Environment Agency.
We are delighted that Lancaster City Council has granted permission for the S73 application to allow Lidl to trade from the former PC World unit on the Kingsway Retail Park, Lancaster, with permission for associated external alterations to follow shortly with only a few conditions to deal with and no tricky planning agreements to negotiate or pay towards. The unit, car park and access are located entirely in Flood Zones 2 and 3, and Weetwood’s Flood Risk Assessment report robustly demonstrated that subject to the implementation of flood risk mitigation measures the proposed development would be safe from flood risk for its lifetime in accordance with national planning policy.
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure planning consent for an application at Limehouse Marina, London. Weetwood prepared a Flood Risk Assessment in support of the application for the change of use of 25 existing leisure moorings to residential moorings, along with the construction of associated facilities including a new cycle store.
Weetwood has helped secure planning consent for 270 new houses at Sherburn-in-Elmet. Using hydraulic modelling we demonstrated that the site is entirely in Flood Zone 1 culminating in a successful flood map challenge and then undertook a flood risk assessment, developed a SuDS based surface water drainage scheme, a foul water drainage scheme and undertook a multi-utilities assessment for the development (which included the development of a solution for a gas main crossing the site).
For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.
The 2016 European Flood Modeller Suite Conference was held in London on 23rd November. Associate Director James Aldridge was there to deliver his presentation: Introduction to Model Calibration & Validation.
See his presentation online here
Weetwood has delivered another excellent CPD training course for Chester University on an Introduction to Flood Modelling. Course organiser Katharine Welsh said "The feedback was very positive and the participants all stated they found the course to be very valuable and well paced".
For further details on our CPD courses please contact Rebecca Ellis (Mold Office).
Weetwood is delighted to have helped secure Planning Permission for a large urban extension to Selby. The scheme includes proposals for over 850 new homes, local shops, a new primary school, public open space and children's play areas, new sports facilities and the relocation and enhancement of existing allotments. As part of the Section 106 agreement, the scheme will deliver a new access road from the A63 to open up a major employment site, affordable homes, and funding for the primary school and community facilities. Weetwood undertook a flood risk assessment of the site and developed a package of flood risk mitigation measures and also developed an exemplar scheme for sustainably draining surface water from the developed site based on source, site and regional control facilities. We also undertook an Environmental Impact Assessment of the water environment.
For further details please contact Kevin Tilford.
We are delighted to be associated with the £35m St James Retail Park scheme for which we undertook a flood risk assessment and developed a surface water drainage scheme (including survey of the on-site drainage and culverted watercourse). We look forward to developing the detailed design of the drainage scheme for discharge of conditions and construction in due course.
For further info: For further details please contact Keely Bonser.